pie in the sky

noun phrase

: an unrealistic enterprise or prospect of prosperity
pie-in-the-sky adjective

Examples of pie in the sky in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These are reasonable numbers, not pie in the sky, especially with $1.8 billion in Mega money to be awarded this time. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Aug. 2023 So even though DeCosta is undoubtedly calling around, most of the scenarios proposed by fans are pie in the sky. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 17 Aug. 2023 All of this means Musk’s grand plans for an everything app seem like so much pie in the sky. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune Crypto, 27 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pie in the sky was in 1911

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“Pie in the sky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pie%20in%20the%20sky. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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